Unpredictable. Illogical. Impossible. He is THE ONE! Samurai Jack--defender of truth, freedom, and talking dogs--is back for a fourth and final season of futuristic hacking and slashing. Set 4's two discs come in a cardboard slipcase, tastefully decorated in a gold honeycomb pattern with Aku's hideous likeness prominently featured on the front (unless your fold-out disc-holder is upside-down and backwards, as mine was). Disc 2 includes a nice selection of extras like promos, deleted scenes, and a very interesting visit with the show's creators entitled, `Genndy's Roundtable.'
Among these thirteen stellar episodes is the hilarious two-parter, `The Scotsman Saves Jack,' in which we meet a goofy guy in a red jacket by the name of Brent Worthington, who just happens to look exactly like Jack. In episode XLII, Jack encounters a hip-hoppin', jive-talkin' "Sam-u-rai," and teaches him that, "You can never defeat another if you know not how to defeat yourself."
In XLI, Jack traverses the devastated streets of Andromeda and is attacked by the awesome Mondo-bot. The frightened robotic Andromedan citizens lead the wandering samurai warrior to a Gundam-like mobile suit and Jack attacks the Mondo-bot Voltron style.
Episode XLIII begins with yet another battle with the fiendish Aku. But this time, Aku calls the fight off early because he's afflicted with a nasty cold virus. Unfortunately, before leaving, the shape-shifting villain coughs up a piece of himself...a piece which Jack accidentally swallows! Our hero is slowly but surely possessed by the evil black spirit of all-enshrouding Akuness, and so he must travel to the watery temple of the lizard-monks for help.
XLVII is an obvious homage to 'Star Wars,' featuring the butterfly-like Prince Astor and Princess Verbina of Alepidopterans. The insectoid siblings (along with their golden assistant, Chitron 6) are relentlessly pursued by Squoomian gunships as they leave their home on Chrysalis to search for their royal navy. They crash-land in Samurai Jack's world and are quickly captured by Aku's demonic minions.
Episode L introduces an emotional robot hit man in a black trench coat and wingtip shoes who's pining for his little lost dog, Lulu, a.k.a. "sweet thing." The merciless Aku is holding Lulu hostage in order to coax her mechanized owner out of retirement. Aku wants Samurai Jack terminated, and the twin pistol-wielding dog-lover is more than willing to do the job...as soon as the rain stops.
So, at long last, all of Jack's adventures are available on DVD. But, it is a bit disappointing to learn that, like `Lost in Space,' this spectacular series does not have a satisfactory finale. Genndy Tartakovsky says there might be a Samurai Jack movie someday. Let's hope that day comes very soon. In the meantime, the screaming baby episode will have to do.